Local music critic examines Louisiana’s unique music halls, juke joints; book release tomorrow
POSTED: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 5:00pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) —
Louisiana has the most unique music culture in the nation. Local music critic Alex Cook is publishing a book called Louisiana Saturday Night and it examines just how unique it truly is.
It all started six years ago when he made his first trip to teddy's juke joint here in Baton Rouge.
“I was actually doing a story about Buddy Stewarts Rock Shop on North Acadian and I saw flyer for Teddy’s Juke Joint and I thought it was like one of those places that doesn't exist anymore and they told me it still does so I went out there,” Cook recalled. “It is this really kind of magical place. It's legitimate, old-school juke joint that's been sitting out there in the middle of the woods for 30 years and I'd never heard of it.”
That got his craving for authentic, roots music pumping and Cook set out to find more unique spots across the state. Each of those locations are documented in the book.
"What's so interesting about Louisiana is that in Cajun culture, blues culture, and Zydeco culture - these things still exists intact in a way that they don't exist other places. We have kind of our own wild culture that still thriving in a way unlike any other."
The book is published by LSU Press and a release party will be held on Saturday, March 10 at Teddy's Juke Joint, which is the image featured on the cover of the book. The party will get started at 8:00 p.m. There will be live music and Cook will be selling autographed copies of the book.
Click here to learn more about Teddy’s Juke Joint, including directions.